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  • Published in USA  May 2006
    384 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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At the heart of this brilliant blend of suspense, forensic science, eerie and sadistic sexuality, and good old-fashioned storytelling is a dedicated but lonely detective, Lieutenant Carmine Delmonico. The year is 1965, the setting a university town in Connecticut, and serial killers are still referred to as "multiple murderers." Profiling hasn't even begun, so Delmonico has to go it alone on a frantic learning curve that has the killer always two steps ahead of him.

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"McCullough has achieved a passably engrossing police procedural." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Australian McCullough portrays one of the creepiest serial killers in recent fiction in this intelligent shocker set in 1965." - Publishers Weekly.

"Veteran historical fiction writer McCullough tries her hand at the police procedural with mixed results." - Library Journal.

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Colleen McCullough Author Biography

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Colleen McCullough was born in Australia. A neurophysiologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. In 1963 she moved to the United Kingdom where she met the chairman of the neurology department at Yale University at the Great Ormond Street hospital in London, who offered her a research associate job at Yale. McCullough spent ten years researching and teaching in the Department of Neurology at the Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut. In the late 1970s she settled on Norfolk Island in the Pacific, where she met her husband, Ric Robinson, to whom she has been married since 1983. She now lives in Sydney.

Her writing career began with the publication of Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking ...

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